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Barry Moore faces Jeff Coleman in Republican runoff

Former State Representative Barry Moore (R) will face Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in a runoff election for the Republican nomination in Alabama’s Second Congressional District race on March 31st.

“I want to thank all my supporters for their confidence in me, and all the volunteers who worked so hard on this campaign,” Barry Moore said in a statement. “We truly have the best grassroots group I’ve ever seen, and it made all the difference in this race. “

“We did what so many said was impossible,” Moore continued. “We spent about $200k to our opponents two million dollars. Some polls showed us in 4th, others in 3rd. I am a candidate among the people. This is for the people. We have been at the festivals, fairs and parades meeting the people of District 2 face to face just like President Trump does.”

“We will be back at it starting today to earn your vote in the run-off. It’s going to be a tough four weeks, but I’m confident our message of standing for conservative values, supporting our military and our Veterans, and supporting our President is a strong one,” Moore added. “In the last few weeks, I’ve talked about my record of doing what others just promise to do, and people responded to it. We saw that tonight. I’m going to keep talking about what I’ve done, and will keep on doing when I’m representing this district in Congress.”

“I want to take a moment to thank Jessica Taylor, Troy King, Terri Hasdorff, and all the other candidates who worked hard in this race,” Moore said. “We invite them and their supporters to join our campaign and we will continue their valiant efforts. This race is similar to David and Goliath. God has given us some smooth stones. Those stones are the voters and volunteers.”

In 2015, Moore was the first elected official in the country to endorse Donald Trump for President and campaigned in a strongly pro-Trump platform as well as his conservative record in the Alabama House.

Barry Moore started a small waste management company. He served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. Moore ran for congress in 2018, losing the Republican primary to incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery). Roby is not seeking another term.

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Moore is a veteran. He and his wife Heather have four children.

Coleman is the CEO of Coleman Worldwide moving and is a former Chairman of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

In the preliminary results, Coleman had 39,738 votes (38 percent). Moore received 21,354 votes (20 percent), Jessica Taylor received 20,763 (20 percent), former Attorney General Troy King finished in fourth with 15,145 votes (15 percent). Former Bush Administration official Terri Hasdorff got 5,207 votes (5 percent), Thomas Brown had 1,395 votes (1 percent). Bob Rogers received 824 votes (1 percent).

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Phyllis Harvey-Hall in the November 3 general election. Harvey-Hall received 27,399 votes (59 percent) in the Democratic primary edging out Nathan Mathis who received 18,898 votes 41 percent. The number of voters in the Second Congressional District Republican primary were more than twice the number of votes cast in the CD2 Democratic primary.

Persons who voted in the Democratic primary cannot vote in the Republican primary runoff on March 31.


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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